Of all the ways that the Bills’ playoff drought could come to an end, it’s hard to imagine too many people would have picked a fourth down pass from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to wide receiver Tyler Boyd in a game not involving the Bills to factor into the mix.

Sometimes it takes strange circumstances to end long absences. Dalton’s 49-yard touchdown pass to Boyd with 44 seconds left in Baltimore lifted the Bengals to a 31-27 win that allowed the Bills to slip past the Ravens and into the postseason for the first time since 1999. Bills coach Sean McDermott paid homage to Cincinnati after both games were done.